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#1 Offline Calebhunter123 - Posted June 3 2023 - 9:53 AM

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Hello, I have a small colony of Pheidole pilifera that almost died last night. They've been in a test tube for a few months and the queen had about 10 workers, I checked on her last night and no one in the colony was moving. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work. Luckily, the queen eventually stood back up and 2 workers had also survived. I do not know what caused this, but I suspect it's the heating cable I used. I gave them some sugar water and honey, is there anything else I should do? Or should I just leave them alone to tend to the colony for a while?



#2 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 3 2023 - 10:36 AM

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Where'd you put the cable? You want to put it at the tip of the dry side of the test tube. The queen has a low chance of survival, just leave her undisturbed for a while.


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#3 Offline Calebhunter123 - Posted June 3 2023 - 10:49 AM

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Where'd you put the cable? You want to put it at the top of the dry side of the test tube. The queen has a low chance of survival, just leave her undisturbed for a while.

Yea, I was not sure if she would make it. I had the cable running along the right side, I'll make sure to never make that mistake again. Thank you.


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